Encyclopedia of the World's Nations and Cultures, Volumes 1-4

Encyclopedia of the World's Nations and Cultures, Volumes 1-4

George Thomas Kurian


This encyclopedia, edited through Kurian, a prolific packager of ordinary reference works from CQ Press, evidence On dossier, and different reference publishers, is promoted via the writer as "an vast overhaul" of Encyclopedia of the World's international locations, released in 2002.

Instead of the neighborhood association present in Worldmark Encyclopedia of the countries (p.104), association is alphabetical via kingdom. There are 3 new entries (for East Timor, Federated States of Micronesia, and Marshall Islands), bringing the whole variety of international locations to 193. each one access starts with a "Basic truth Sheet" (head of kingdom, capital, sector, faith, nationwide vacations, etc) and a wide black-and-white political map. in contrast to with a few of the competing global survey assets of this sort, the maps listed here are uncluttered and extremely effortless at the eyes. the most physique of every uniformly prepared access contains greater than 20 basically categorised subsections. those contain either the standard, comparable to "Geographical Features," "Political Parties," "Foreign Policy," and "Economy," plus new sections on culture-related issues equivalent to "Folklore and Mythology," "Etiquette," "Family Life," and "Personal Appearance." info carried over from the former version has been up to date, even supposing an mistakes famous in our assessment of that version about the independence date for Qatar remains to be here.

The determination to spend numerous hundred cash for a resource like this has to incorporate attention of some of the loose Web-based choices. Even a superficial Google seek by way of identify of nation will hyperlink scholars to sites reminiscent of the CIA's global Factbook [https://cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/bx.html] and the country Department's historical past Notes[http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/].

In addition, the web websites are up-to-date very usually, a characteristic evidently very unlikely with a print resource. The trade-off in prefer of preserving at the shelf a minimum of one good-quality, print kingdom survey is reliability of entry. Assuming the e-book isn't misshelved, infested by way of insects, or vandalized, it's consistently able to go.

Any library wishing to supply on-demand entry to this sort of details, in particular for college students, is definitely instructed to contemplate Encyclopedia of the World's countries and Cultures.The fee for those 4 well sure, well-designed, ordinary volumes isn't unreasonable. paintings A. Lichtenstein
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